Definitions for emulateˈɛm yəˌleɪt; -lɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

em•u•lateˈɛm yəˌleɪt; -lɪt(v.; adj.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing

  1. (v.t.)to imitate in an effort to equal or surpass.

  2. to rival with some degree of success.

  3. to imitate the functions of (another computer system) by means of software. to replace (software) with hardware to perform the same task.

    Category: Computers

  4. (adj.)Obs. emulous.

Origin of emulate:

1580–90; < L aemulātus, ptp. of aemulārī to rival. See emulous , -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. emulate(verb)

    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

    "He is emulating the skating skills of his older sister"

  2. emulate(verb)

    imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software

  3. emulate(verb)

    compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with

    "This artist's drawings cannot emulate his water colors"


  1. emulate(Verb)

    To attempt to equal or be the same as.

  2. emulate(Verb)

    To copy or imitate, especially a person.

  3. emulate(Verb)

    To feel a rivalry with; to be jealous of, to envy.

  4. emulate(Verb)

    (computing) of a program or device to imitate another program or device

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emulate(adj)

    striving to excel; ambitious; emulous

  2. Emulate(verb)

    to strive to equal or to excel in qualities or actions; to imitate, with a view to equal or to outdo, to vie with; to rival; as, to emulate the good and the great

Translations for emulate

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to try hard to equal or be better than.

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